Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner has claimed that Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe has been called up to the Jamaica national team for the first time.
Roofe, 26, has been in excellent form this season though he has suffered numerous injuries. He has only managed 32 appearances, scoring 14 goals in England’s second tier.
With the Gold Cup on the horizon, Jamaica are determined to give themselves every chance as they look to qualify from a group including Honduras, Curacao and El Salvador.
That means they have turned to the United Kingdom to bring in some fresh blood. Cardiff City striker Bobby Reid headlines a group of players that are set to be called up, with a friendly against USA on June 6.
Wigan’s Gareth McCleary has been recalled, while McCleary’s teammate Shay Dunkley, Blackburn left-back Amari’i Bell, Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson and Roofe have all been called up.
Roofe is eligible to play for Jamaica, but it will come as frustrating for Marcelo Bielsa. Roofe recently suffered a long-term knee injury, keeping him out for seven league games. He also missed the last match, due to a hip injury.
Ideally, Roofe needs a summer of rest. One where he can recharge and give his body a period to calm down. But representing Jamaica at the Gold Cup could prove an exciting opportunity.
It remains to be seen if the striker will indeed be called up and go to the Gold Cup, which is being hosted in the United States, Costa Rica and indeed Jamaica.